“I choose to be happy,” says Casey Rohrer, using his computer to express his thoughts.
The wheelchair-bound playwright and actor has cerebral palsy incurred from a birth injury, and can neither speak nor use his limbs. But through a computer that uses eye-gaze technology, Casey pursues playwriting and drama courses. He can even program his computer to speak in a range of expressive voices when he is acting a dramatic role on stage.
Casey is thrilled with his EIAS video, and the experience that filming it gave him. The video also helped fill every theater seat for both performances of his first play. “He was so excited by the video,” his mother Beth recalls. “It really boosted his confidence and made him want to keep going. He was amazed that he had an audience, that people wanted to hear his story, and that others cared about him.”
Because cerebral palsy paralyzes organs as well as limbs, Casey has many health issues to fight, and is consequently small for his age—fewer than 50 pounds at the time he filmed his video—with low energy reserves. But this theater-loving teen has a tremendously positive attitude.
“He has the most positive attitude of anyone I have ever met,” says Beth. “He never lets anything get him down.”
Casey Rohrer, playwright